Dead Bird Quiz: long overdue edition

5 09 2014

I know you’ve all been suffering mightily without regular DBQs, so here’s something to boost your spirits:

Bird A was found by Dan Tracey in northern Massachusetts. Very nice photos, especially that one of those diminutive little feet! This bird had a reported wing chord of 21cm, culmen 30mm, and tarsus 26mm.

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Bird B was found by Marcia Lyons in NC. The bird has a reported wing chord of 27cm and a tarsus of 88mm. It had no head, and thus, no measurable culmen.
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And finally, a third submission, from my friend and colleague, Emily Christiansen, who met this bird when it was brought to her (alive) from a beach in North Carolina. Despite her heroic efforts, the bird ceased to be alive and she very generously took these excellent photos:
Sooty tern dorsal 1
Sooty tern ventral

Whatcha think?

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4 responses

5 09 2014
Edward Soldaat

Bird A: fledgeling Common Tern
Bird B: Great Northern Diver
Bird C: juvenile Sooty Tern

5 09 2014
Wouter van Gestel

Great, another dead bird quiz!, Let’s try:

Bird A: juvenile common tern (Sterna hirundo)
Bird B: common loon (Gavia immer), the tarsus measurements seem more reliable to me for this one than the wing chord
Bird C: juvenile sooty tern (Sterna fuscata)

5 09 2014
capteagleeyes

Bird A:=Juvenile Common Tern Bird B=Common Loon, Bird C=Sooty Tern

8 09 2014
John Stanton

I concur with Wouter and cateagleeyes:

Bird A: juvenile common tern (Sterna hirundo)
Bird B: common loon (Gavia immer), the tarsus measurements seem more reliable to me for this one than the wing chord
Bird C: juvenile sooty tern (Sterna fuscata)

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